“AMERICA’S Most Smartest Model” contestant Andre Birleanu, 25, may be America’s most ticked-off model.
The notoriously aggressive contestant of the VH1 show, which tests flighty models on their brains and their brawn, told Page Six that the cable network is responsible for “destroying” him.
Birleanu was arrested Oct. 25 after two women claimed he molested them at Cipriani Downtown. He said VH1 has instructed him not to respond to the allegations.
Birleanu’s lawyer, Ryan Blanch, called the claims against his client “a conspiracy” and said, “We have witnesses who will testify and clear his name in court, and prove these allegations are entirely unfounded.”
The Moscow-born Boss model is still miffed at VH1, however, and told us he wants out of his contract – which expires in July – immediately.
Birleanu griped, “VH1 has not allowed me to comment to the press or to clear my name. They tell me not to say anything, but then they don’t stand up for me.”
He said that the bad press has already cost him some high-profile modeling gigs. “I lost a billboard campaign in the middle of Times Square for South Pole. I lost a photo shoot with Target, and a Calvin Klein ad . . . it has been terrible for my career,” he grumbled.
Birleanu, who’s known for getting in heated arguments on “America’s Most Smartest Model” and boasting of his superiority over other contestants, said he didn’t mind the attention from the papers and paparazzi during his court appearance. “I am a model,” he said. “I love the pictures. But VH1 needs to release me from my contract now – I am hot now.
“I had a great career before the show, and now I am losing a lot because of VH1. I made them money and they destroyed me.”
Birleanu is also upset that VH1 asked him not to come to a wrap party for the show tomorrow in Los Angeles in light of his arrest. “It is a party for me, and they told me I can not come,” he said.
A VH1 spokesperson responded, “That’s funny. We thought the party was for Sunday’s season finale – not him.”
A male model currently starring on a VH1 reality show was busted yesterday for a sex attack in which he allegedly groped a 19-year-old actress during a fashion party at a posh downtown restaurant, authorities said.
Andre Birleanu, 25, of Manhattan – who has earned a reputation as a volatile hothead on the cable channel’s “America’s Most Smartest Model” – was charged with sexual misconduct and aggravated harassment.
“He’s just a very, very scary, intimidating person,” his accuser told The Post. “He’s so explosive. You can see it in his eyes. He has this insane thing inside of him.”
The woman, whose name is being withheld due to the nature of the alleged attack, said that she is an acquaintance of Birleanu’s and that he grabbed her at a party at Cipriani Downtown on Oct. 10.
Birleanu, who has been featured in ad for Converse and Saks Fifth Avenue, has served a half-dozen prison stints since 2000 on charges including assault, harassment, criminal contempt, criminal mischief and trespassing, law-enforcement sources said.
The woman said she met him on a train. Before the attack, she said, she saw signs of his temper and was worried.
“He grabbed me inappropriately,” she said. “It was midnight or 1 a.m. when this happened. It was upstairs. It’s like a very exclusive lounge, snobby thing – young, aspiring models and all the men who can afford to look at them.
“He touched my genitalia, and I immediately moved away,” she said. “Then I looked over, and he looked really upset . . . I went up to him. And he was standing there with his head down. He said something along the lines of ‘no.’
“He then grabbed my boob.”
Following his arraignment last night, Birleanu said, “I didn’t molest anyone . . . I already slept with that girl, so it’s strange she would say I touched her inappropriately.”
Birleanu has a disturbing rap sheet. At the time of his arrest early yesterday morning, he was free on $3,500 bail for yet another bizarre incident involving a woman. On Oct. 17, Birleanu was charged with stalking, aggravated harassment and attempted assault on a model friend.
He is accused of leaving her a series of menacing messages, including two in which he allegedly threatened to break her legs. He tracked her down in the street and grabbed her hair, according to police records.
“I was in total shock,” that woman told The Post. “He pulled my hair once. He stopped. I crossed the street . . . I started running, and he screamed at me, ‘I’m going to break your f- – -ing legs.’ ”
But the stalking charges are just the tip of the iceberg.
Birleanu’s longest stint behind bars was a six-month stay in Rikers in 2003 for harassment, contempt and assault.
On “America’s Most Smartest Model,” Birleanu competes against other dim-bulb hotties in a test of brains and beauty hosted by actor and one-time Richard Nixon speechwriter Ben Stein.
Birleanu’s temper has put other show contestants on edge, and the Russian native has become known for going on anti-American rants.